Halloween and Harvest festivals
■ A Halloween carnival sponsored by Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church will take place 5-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25 and 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Redemptorist Center, 222 West Redoubt Avenue, Soldotna.
■ The Kenai Eagles 3525 will hold its annual children’s Halloween Carnival for children 10 and under. Please join us in costume for a boo-u-tifully great time Saturday, Oct. 26 from noon until 2 p.m. or until supplies last.
■ The Boys and Girls Club of the Kenai Peninsula will host Trunk or Treat, a free event, held from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 26 at the clubhouse in Kenai.
■ North Peninsula Recreation is hosting a 5-kilometer costume run Saturday, Oct. 26 on the North Peninsula Recreation Trails. All ages welcome; prizes for the best costume. Race starts at 11 a.m. at the Nikiski Community Recreation Center. Support the food driver with your race entry of canned food. All food collected will go to Nikiksi families in need. For more information, call 776-8800.
■ Star of the North Lutheran Church is having their annual Harvest Festival at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 216 North Forest Drive in Kenai. Call 283-4153 for more information. Activities include lots of games such as apple bobbing, darts, bean bag toss and a cupcake walk.
■ The annual Nikiski North Star Elementary PTA Fall Carnival will be held on Saturday, October 26 from 1-4 p.m. at the school. See your neighbors and have fun with your families in a safe, fun environment. Some of the fun will include kiddie games, funky hair, face painting, costume contest for all ages, cake walk, trick or treat alley, lots of prizes and a concession stand. This is one of PTA’s largest fundraisers of the year and the money raised is used to help fund activities for our students.
■ Tsalteshi Trails Association will hold its annual Spook Night event Sunday, Oct. 27, at the trails behind Skyview High School. Advance registration is available online at www.tsalteshi.org. In-person registration will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Oct. 27 at the trail head behind Skyview. A costume contest for kids, adults and dogs will be held at 5 p.m. The Trick-or-Treat Trail for kids ages 10 and younger will be open from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. Walk this one-kilometer loop and play games to get a treat at each station, sponsored by area businesses and organizations. A 5-kilometer Zombie Run for older kids and adults begins at 5:30 p.m. The fun run is open to dogs, but they must be leashed. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes and fastest runners. The cost for the Trick-or-Treat Trail is $10 each for the first two children, then $5 each additional child up to six kids per family. Entry in the Zombie Run is $30 per person, with a $5 discount for those in costume, and an additional $5 discount for current TTA members (membership may be updated on the TTA website). For more information and to register, visit www.tsalteshi.org.
■ The third annual kids harvest carnival will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30 at Peninsula Grace Brethren Church at mile 19.5 along K-Beach Road. There will be hotdogs and apple cider, games, candy, face painting, costume contest for grades 5 and under, a bake sale, and a puppet show to finish off the evening. Admittance is free. Scary or inappropriate consumes are discouraged.
■ North Peninsula Recreation’s seventh annual Strut Your Mutt Howl’oween Dog Costume Contest will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30 at the Nikiski Community recreation Center. Dogs must be people- and dog-friendly and on a leash at all times. For more information call 776-8800.
■ The merchants at the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna welcome everyone to come to a Halloween Carnival on Thursday, Oct. 31 from 5-7 p.m. There will be games, prizes, candy and a light show.
■ The Nikiski Community Trick or Treat Alley is Thursday, Oct. 31, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. inside the Nikiski Community Recreation Center. Admission is free. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. For more information, call 776-8800.
Events and Exhibits
■ The Peninsula Art Guild and the Kenai River Council on the Arts host two October Exhibitions: “22 Stories” by Kathy Matta in Gallery One and “Coming Around” by Robert Range in Gallery Too at the Kenai Fine Arts Center, 816 Cook Avenue in Old Town Kenai. Call 283-7040, noon-5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturdays for more information.
■ The next TriviaPalooza is right around the corner. Nov. 1, at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. Get your team of 6-8 people together, show up and win the cash! Entry is $15 per person. Contact the Kenai Chamber and Visitors Center to register your team at 283-1991.
■ The Kenai Peninsula Photographers Guild will have a photograph display through November at the Cottonwood Gallery, on the second floor of the Peninsula Community Health Services building at 230 East Marydale.
■ The Soldotna Senior Center will hold its annual Amateur Art Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 1 and 2.
■ A Halloween Party with live music will be held at 9 p.m. Nov. 1 at the 4 Lands Bar.
■ An all acoustic jam takes place every Thursday. The jam is as Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna on the first Thursday of the month, and at the Kenai Senior Center during the rest of the month. Jam starts at 6:30 p.m.
■ Veronica’s in Old Town Kenai has open mic Friday at 6:30 p.m. and live music with Kent Peterson Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Jack Will and Sue Biggs will provide Spooktacular music for the Halloween Night event at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 26.
■ Odie’s Deli in Soldotna has live music Friday from 6-8 p.m. and Pub Quiz night every Wednesday from 6-8 p.m.
■ The Vagabond on Kalifornsky Beach Road will have live music with 150 Grit Saturday at 9 p.m.
■ The Studio Espresso Shop at Spur Highway and Nikiski Avenue in Nikiski hosts an open mic night on Saturdays starting at 7 p.m. Call 776-7655.
■ AMVETS Post 4 in the Red Diamond Center holds steel-tip darts at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays; steak dinner from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday; and karaoke at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
■ The Bow bar in Kenai has karaoke at 9 p.m. Thursdays and live music Fridays and Saturdays at 10 p.m.
■ Tustumena Lodge will feature the music of The 907 Band Friday and Saturday 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. An open mic night will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 28 with a $100 prize for the best original song, admission is $10.
■ Hooligans Saloon in Soldotna has poker Tuesdays and Thursdays starting at 5:30 p.m. and live music Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.
■ The Duck Inn on Kalifornsky Beach Road has karaoke at 9 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays.
■ Mykel’s in Soldotna has live music Thursdays from 6-9 p.m. Robb Justice, and Fridays from 6:30-9:30 p.m. with Bob Ramponi and Dave Unruh.
■ Caribou Family Restaurant in Soldotna has live music by Roy Mullin, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Fridays and 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturdays.
■ The Duck Inn will have live music from 7 to 10 p.m. every Wednesday with Robb Justice and Trio.
■ Main Street Tap and Grill has Wednesday karaoke with KJ Natalia, Thursday acoustic music with Dustin and Friends and Keeley & Nelson, and live music and dancing with 9Spine Friday and Saturday.
■ Call Orca Theaters at 262-7003 for listings and times.
■ Call Kambe Cinemas at 283-4554 for listings and times.
Down the Road
■ The Pratt Museum in Homer is open Tuesday-Sunday, noon-5 p.m. For more information and a schedule of events, visit www.prattmuseum.org.
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